Anchor Cottage Freshwater Decor Decorating Store

We offer decorating services in the Leelanau Peninsula. Our studio has fabrics, bedding samples and rug swatches. We offer lamp repair, shades, harps and finials with access to over 1,000 lamps. Furniture painting and repair. Wall paper books are available. Reach out to us at

Monday, June 1, 2020

It Caught My Eye!

Elegant and Attractive Grey Work Dresses

When will we be able to dress up and play lady? I love the casual/feminine feel of this skirt and blouse combination. Looks soft and comfortable. 

This is a darling little bag to wear on your wrist. I still have not had a chance to wear the wardrobe I bought for April in Florida. When on lock down I at least put earrings and a watch on. This stay at home memorandum is hard on your style!
Winter weather isn’t letting go of its relentless grip in many parts of the country, so I thought it’d be somewhat therapeutic to enjoy a collection of cozy master bedroom ideas. Imagine curling under the covers of any of these beautiful beds and dreaming sweet dreams until the land finally thaws. A beautiful country style …

I like these layers in this bed room. Looks very comfortable. Cotton rag rug, windowpane checked bed skirt, East Indian coverlet, woven wood shades, and the open print pillows on the bed make this a very peaceful room to sleep in. 
Chinoiserie Chic
Chinoiserie Chic

What caught my eye, in this powder room, is the "Raccoon Fur" paint on the mirror and counter edged in gold leaf. I painted a few small pieces in this paint color a couple of years ago, for the store, and am still having customers call and ask, "what was that grey paint color you used?"

Freesia, Tulips and Hydrangeas arranged, in this canning jar, is a sweet simplicity.

I want to start painting lamp shades! Where is Liz Saile when you need her? She could paint this in a heart beat, it is so her style. 
This Painted Pool Will Perk Up Your Day

So we have been talking "stock tub pool". Can I paint it white with this quirky design? I would like just a little lap pool in my garden that I can float in on a summers day.

Not much to blog about when isolated in the Holler for seventy three days in a row. I could put my two cents in about racial inequality. I am not sure I care for the term "privileged white" as an excuse for having better treatment because we are not of color. I have felt the slight from folks that felt they were better than me all my life. I relate to black feelings because of that slight. To be not respected because of your ethnicity, to be categorized as a distinct social being of race, color and minority is a heavy load to carry. If we could see that we are the same, biologically, then could we relate a little bit nicer?

There, I said it, what I really feel about the meanness of "slight". It is rude and impolite. Please consider each human on the planet as a gift from God, and treat them as you would your children. With love and not blatant disregard for the persons feelings. 

Mary Ann  

Friday, May 22, 2020

A Sweet Light This Morning

I have been on "garden time" for the last few days. It has been very hot in the sun and found myself taking a break in the shade, on the porch. This photo I title, "Gardeners and Birds". 

Our front porch is a cool oasis any time of year! We just brought our ferns, that we wintered over, in Steve's bath room up to the porch. They do pretty darn well for being inside all winter. 

Caught the light shinning underneath the Primrose petals. 

He thinks I can't see him!

Steve brought his plants, that he had been growing inside, outside this morning. My husband truly has a green thumb! 

Found the bird bath pedestal in my travels. Then I set a terracotta saucer on top for the water! 

Stained glass Tulips all in a row. 

Oops! M. N. spilled her seeds again. 

Look at these funny, little Daffodils with orange ruffles! Charming!

Heading out shortly to continue "playing".

Have a fun holiday weekend!
 Now where are my flags???

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Closing In On It

I am full. I have everything I need, to put my hands on, stuffed in my little office until the studio is finished. 

Love stashing my invites in my faux Geraniums, in a bicycle basket, on my window sill. Keeps them front and center and off my desk top. 

Look at the silky sheepskin rugs from Annie Selke. They are machine washable. I am setting up the bed display in the new studio. It will be loaded with all the new Pine Cone Hill bedding pieces. I have rugs to layer on the floor from Dash & Albert.

As we speak the floor has been painted green! 

The french door leads into my office, (old studio), from the new space. So behind the french door will be all the pillow forms and lampshades, harps and finials. 

Aren't the flowers pretty reflected in the window panes of the french door?

I am working on filling all the pots, today, around the studio entrance. You may come and browse the decorating swatches by appointment. Bring a partner and wear a mask is all I ask. Hand wipes will be offered at the door. Special orders can be shipped directly to you. 

Daffodils taking front row in the raised bed. 

Clumps of Trilliums in the woods. 

Spring had finally made her appearance, down here, in Hoot's Holler! We thought she would never show up!

Time to go in and do my Sunday chores. 

Friday, May 15, 2020

Anchor Cottage Decorating Studio

Look what my husband did!!! He installed an outside door and a new window. Hung a goose neck lamp over the window.

He turned my garage stall into a decorating studio! He dry walled, taped and painted the walls, floor and trim in Dover White. Hung a multipaned door into the office (old studio).

He built barn doors to cover up his side. I am so excited to set this space up. I am putting down a used, 9 x 13', sea grass rug. I want to paint the floor a dark green so the rug won't look dirty and worn against the pure white floor. 

I have had this tear sheet of a green painted floor for 15 years. A wonder I can still find it! It was in my Ralph Lauren paint swatch book!! I would go as far as referring to it as a Ralph Lauren green!!

I want the green to have blue in it. I want the color to give the sea grass rug a tropical feel. 

I picked the Deep Veridian. Jackie approved!

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Rambling Around The Pinterest Files

yellow monochromatic
Excited about putting my pots out, along side the driveway, this year. Last summer I had yellow Pansies with orange Impatiens, in pots, up on stumps. They were so cheerful that I may have to do a repeat this year! 
Crescent Dot Fabric in Ocean Blues – Rebecca Atwood Designs
Just such a simple shade of blue. I would do fabric and wallpaper, in this pattern, for a nook off the kitchen or bedroom. Think fresh, white, cushy, cushions on a window seat with big, down filled pillows in this fabric and how bout some relaxed, roman shades, in the same fabric, over the window! 

Like the simple, squareness, and two-stories.
I must be in my red, white and blue state of mind, this morning. Darling, very old, cottage with a red roof and white shutters against  my favorite color of blue.

Wayne Pate - Wayne Pate
Wayne Pate
We can do this! Freestyle painting on lamp shades for the fun of it!

Love how simple and elegant these monograms are.
The Loveliest Home
I really want some monogrammed napkins to use, at the table, this summer. The laurel leaf design around the one initial is simply good and easy. 

Patina Living photo of Steve Giannetti with Sophie on built-in window seat bench at Patina Farm. Photo by Victoria Pearson.
There is a home that I have been working in that has the perfect, and I mean perfect, spot for a window seat with bookcases, over looking the water. 

by trilukne. I love everything about this little bowl - color, texture, simple shape. See website for more.                                                                                                                                                     More

I would use this bowl and spoon to eat my oatmeal and blueberries for breakfast. I like the color, texture and straight forwardness of these hand turned pottery pieces. 

Saturday morning in my nook, going down the rabbit hole of Pinterest! It's good to let your mind wander!


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